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  • Local |Education | February 18, 2014

    8 named National Merit finalists

    Eight area high school students are among approximately 15,000 students nationwide named National Merit Scholarship finalists. The local finalists are Kenan Bitikofer and Sarah Featherstone of Flint Hills Christian School; Jack Keeley, who is homeschooled; Albert Cochrane, Grace Horton-Smith and Ian Miller of Manhattan High; Hunter

  • Local |Education | February 18, 2014

    Board to hear virtual school options

    The USD 383 school board will hear about the district’s virtual school possibilities during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center. The board voted late last year to end the district’s contract with K12 Inc., the virtual school provider for

  • Local |Business | February 18, 2014

    More than 1,000 affected by outage Monday night

    A power outage caused more than a thousand Manhattan households to go dark Monday night. The problem might have been caused by an auto accident — but then again, maybe not. Westar spokesman Leonard Allen said that a distribution switch failed at 10:30 p.m., and that

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 18, 2014

    K-State adding several minors in grain science

    Kansas State University is now offering bakery science and management, feed science and management and grain handling operations as stand-alone minors through distance education. The stand-alone minors are not only available to current Kansas State University undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students, but also to graduates of

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 18, 2014

    Young alums to be honored

    The Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association, will honor 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients Molly Hamm and Matt Wolters on Feb. 25. The award, which was established in 2012, recognizes two K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership

  • Local | February 17, 2014

    Disc golf’s ‘Ice Bowl’ may live up to name

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    Golfers might have to pack up their equipment for the winter, but the same doesn’t hold true for the Disc Fanatics of Kansas. The local disc golf club will host its annual Ice Bowl, along with a ribbon, cutting to inaugurate the new expansion

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 17, 2014

    City-university agreement on agenda

    City commissioners plan to finalize the 2014 city-university fund agreement during their Tuesday night legislative session. The commission approved the funding during last year’s budget session. Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, will include a rundown of how much each

  • Local |Fort Riley | February 16, 2014

    New chaplain, chapel bring soldiers of all faiths together

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    FORT RILEY —When services begin at Fort Riley’s new Victory Chapel in March, the post’s first Jewish chaplain in more than 20 years will be one of the officials to conduct them. 1st Lt. David Gingold is one of fewer than a dozen Jewish

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 16, 2014

    Davis discusses direction of state

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis spent time in Manhattan on Saturday for a full day of meet-and-greets and fundraisers. During an interview with The Mercury, Davis, who is from Lawrence, responded to criticism from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community he received this week

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 16, 2014

    Education, budget focus of legislative breakfast

    Education and budgets were the main topics of conversation at Eggs and Issues on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, was an opportunity for area residents to ask questions and express concerns to their legislative representatives. About 100 people attended. Representatives Sydney Carlin (

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